This is the feature strand which gives you the chance to catch up with work from up and coming directors. All the films are first or second works.
Komma and Faro - Goddess Of The Waters
(Country: Japan; Year: 2007; Director: Takushi Tsubokawa ; Writer: Takushi Tsubokawa ; Stars: Masayuki Shionoya , Mariko Takahashi, Shojiro Kataoka, Masao Komatsu, Shimon Yotsuya, Shinichiro Uchida, Toshiyuki Kita, Koji Wakamatsu, Hideko Yoshida, Mickey Curtis)
Road movie about an elderly piano tuner who forms a friendship with an unsettling puppeteer.
(Country: Germany; Director: Felicitas Kornn; Stars: Henriette Heinze, Golo Euler, Sabine Bach, Patrick Gldenberg, Jrgen Lehmann, Claire Oelkers, Omar Fakhr, Kamary Phillips, Stefan Lehnen, Eva Maria Warth)
Debut feature about the dangers of all-consuming passion.
Blame It On Fidel (La Faute Fidel)
(Country: France; Director: Julie Gavras)
The effect of political activism on the life of a young girl in 1970s Paris.
Blind Mountain (Mang Shan)
(Country: Germany, Hong Kong, China ; Year: 2007; Director: Li Yang ; Writer: Li Yang ; Stars: Lu Huang, Youan Yang, Yuling Zhang, He Yunle, Jia Yinggao)
Looking for work in rural northern China, a female student is kidnapped by a businessman posing as her employer, and sold into a family as the son’s bride to be.
Children Of Glory (Szabadság, Szerelem)
(Country: Hungary; Year: 2006; Director: Krisztina Goda; Writer: Joe Eszterhas, Éva Gárdos; Stars: Kata Dobó, Iván Fenyö, Sándor Csányi, Károly Gesztesi, Ildikó Bánsági, Tamás Jordán), Official Site
The Hungarian revolution as seen from the perspective of its water polo heroes.
Rocket Science and Solitary Fragments
(Country: Belgium; Year: 2007; Director: Koen Mortier; Writer: Koen Mortier, based on the book by Herman Brusselmans; Stars: Dries Vanhegen, Norman Baert, Sam Louwyck, Gunter Lamoot)
A group of punk misfits ask a famous novelist to join their band... despite the fact he can't play, only to find their plans spiralling out of control.
Faro - Goddess Of The Waters (Faro - La Reine Des Eaux)
(Country: France, Canada, Mali, Burkina Faso, Germany; Year: 2007; Director: Salif Traoré; Writer: Olivier Lorelle, Salif Traoré
; Stars: Fili Traoré, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Michel Mpambara, Habib Dembele, Helene M Diarra, Rokia Traoré)
An engineer ties to lay old ghosts to rest when he returns to his home village.
In The Cities (Dans Les Villes)
(Country: Canada; Year: 2006; Director: Catherine Martin; Writer: Catherine Martin; Stars: Hélène Florent, Robert Lepage, Ève Duranceau,Hélène Loiselle, Markita Boies, Pierre Collin, Béatrice Picard)
Misery loves company in Quebec.
The Italian (Italianetz)
(Country: Russia; Year: 2005; Director: Andrei Kravchuk; Writer: Andrei Romanov; Stars: Kolya Spiridonov, Denis Moiseenko, Polina Vorobieva, Mariya Kuznetsova, Yuri Itskov, Sasha Sirotkin, Dariya Lesnikova, Andrei Yelizarov, Vladimir Shipov, Olga Shuvalova, Dima Zemlyanko, Nikolai Reutov,), Official Site
A Russian orphan, due to be adopted by an Italian family, goes in search of his real mum.
(Country: France; Year: 2006; Director: Martine Doyen; Writer: Martine Doyen, Valérie Lemaître; Stars: Arno Hintjens, Valérie Lemaître, Edith Scob)
Taking on the identity of a dead man, a dangerous stranger inveigles himself into the life of an amnesiac woman.
The Last Dining Table and The Italian
(Country: Hungary; Year: 2006; Director: Péter Mészáros; Writer: Péter Mészáros; Stars: Kata Kovács, András Tóth, Nikolett Krajcsi, Petronella Tóth, Balázs Bodolai)
A cinematic interpretation of Watteau's painting Setting Off For The Island Of Cythere
The Last Dining Table (Majimak Babsang)
(Country: South Korea; Year: 2006; Director: Roh Gyeong-tae; Writer: Roh Gyeong-tae; Stars: Baek Hyun-joo, Kim Do-yeon, Oh Heoung-ki, Hong Suk-yeon, Hwang Bok-soon)
Seeking fulfillment on the fringes of Seoul.
Lovely By Surprise
(Country: US; Year: 2006; Director: Kirt Gunn; Writer: Kirt Gunn; Stars: Carrie Preston, Michael Chernus, Austin Pendleton, Dallas Roberts, Reg Rogers, Kate Burton, Richard Masur, Lena Lamer, Jimmy Crothswait, Glenn Fitzgerald, Boyd Gaines, Ron Gephart)
Multi-layered interaction between fictional characters, their author and a used car salesman.
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance
(Country: Australia; Year: 2006; Director: Darren Ashton; Writer: Carolyn Wilson, Robin Ince; Stars: Kerry Armstrong, Ben Miller, Nadine Garner, Denise Roberts, Tara Morice, Jane Hall, Toni Lamond, Barry Crocker, Noeline Brown, Scott Irwin, Damon Gameau), Official Site
A passionate dance teacher struggles to prepare his disorderly troupe for a big competition.
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Jeffrey Blitz; Writer: Jeffrey Blitz; Stars: Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Nicholas D'Agosto, Vincent Piazza, Margo Martindale), Trailer
A teenager is determined to join his high school debating team despite his stutter.
XXY and Ex Drummer
(Country: Turkey; Year: 2007; Director: Tayfun Pirselimoglu; Writer: Tayfun Pirselimoglu; Stars: Melissa Ahmedi, Riza Akin, Emin Bas, Muhammed Cangören, Gürbüz Demir,
Melih Duzenli, Nurcan Eren, Hayati Pirselimoglu, Fatih Sevildi, Turgay
A selfish man undertakes a complicated journey which might teach him the value of doing the right thing.
Skills Like This
(Country: US; Director: Monty Miranda)
Indie comedy about a failing playwright who turns to crime in an attempt to discover his true calling.
Solitary Fragments (La Soledad)
(Country: Spain; Year: 2007; Director: Jaime Rosales; Writer: Jaime Rosales, Enric Rufas; Stars: Sonia Almarcha, Petra Martínez, Jesús Cracio, Miriam Correa)
The lives of two women are changed forever by terrorist bombings in Madrid.
Western Trunk Line (Xi Gan Dao)
(Country: China/Japan; Year: 2007; Director: Li Jixian; Writer: Li Jixian, Li Wei; Stars: Li Jie, Shen Jiani, Zhang Deng Feng, Yang Xin)
In the far distance of Chairman Mao's nation a disruptive teenager discovers love and the Cultural Revolution.
(Country: Argentina, France, Spain; Year: 2007; Director: Lucía Puenzo; Writer: Lucía Puenzo; Stars: Inés Efron, Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Martín Piroyansky, Germán Palacios, Lucas Escariz, Luciano Nóbile, Carolina Pelleritti)
Coming of age drama about an intersex teen.
Western Trunk Line and Kythera
(Country: Spain; Year: 2006; Director: Rafa Cortes; Writer: Alex Brendemuhl, Rafa Cortes; Stars: Alex Brendemuhl, Margalida Grimalt, Rafel Ramis, Heinz Hoenig, Maria Lanau, Aina de Cos, Manuel Barcelo, Holger Petzold, Carme Feliu)
The mystery of two men called Hans.